Kate Gosselin Fires Back at Jon for Saying Their Kids Have Problems ‘Developmentally’

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Jon and Kate Gosselin, who ended their marriage in 2009, are still having a public war of words. (Getty Images …

Exes Jon and Kate Gosselin really can't agree on anything.

Following Jon's interview Sunday on Oprah's "Where Are They Now?," Kate is addressing some of his comments. Specifically, she takes issue with his statement that their eight children have problems "developmentally" having grown up appearing on their TLC reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

On her website, KatePlusMy8, the one-time TV mom said it was "heartbreaking" that her ex-husband used "a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the 'development' of our children," adding a jab that his observations are "based on his limited visits (albeit mutually agreed upon) with our children."

"Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental, and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives," continued Kate, who only communicates with her ex through text messages. "Their normal development is regularly monitored by myself, their pediatrician, and school staff, as is usual within any family.

The former nurse went on to say that it's normal in large families for the children to have "a full range of personalities, abilities, talents, hobbies and struggles," noting, "Ours is no different. However, anyone who has personally met our children all have the same thing to say: they are the most normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children they have ever met."

Kate concluded by questioning Jon's motives for making the comments when it will only hurt their children.

"When our kids grow up, they may see their father’s latest interview and wonder why he made untrue and hurtful statements about them," she said. "I know that I risk stirring up an unwanted public and private 'frenzy' by commenting on this, but, if our children ever stumble upon that interview, I want to be able to point them to this statement so that they know that I publicly set the record 100% straight on this one, for their sake."

See highlights from Jon's interview:

Jon and Kate's TLC reality series captured the breakdown of their marriage and — now four years since they split — the parents of twins and sextuplets are still publicly sparring. In fact, she is suing him, alleging he hacked into her computer to supply info to an author for a tell-all book about her.

While Kate — who hopes to return to TV with her kids and has been doing odd jobs to pay the bills — has given multiple interviews this year, Jon, who now works as a waiter in eastern Pennsylvania and sees the kids once a week for dinner and every other weekend for an overnight, has been living mostly out of the spotlight, the gun incident with the paparazzo notwithstanding. However, his interview on OWN stirred up new trouble with his ex.

During that sit-down, Jon said that twins Cara and Mady, 13, and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel, 9, "have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."

"Yes, they have trust funds, and they’re taken care of educationally. Great," he noted. "But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people."

We're sure we haven't heard the last of this ongoing saga.

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